Senior Research Associate in Low Energy Road Freight Transport (Fixed Term)

A position exists for a Senior Research Associate in the Department of Engineering, to work on a variety of topics related to heavy goods vehicles and sustainable road freight. The role is based in Central Cambridge within the Centre for Sustainable Road Freight (SRF,

The key responsibilities and duties are:
Conduct independent and team-based research into modelling various aspects of sustainable heavy vehicles, including the longitudinal performance of lorry axles, wear and rolling resistance of tyres, energy consumption and CO2/air quality emissions.
Lead and supervise research projects related to the above topics involving a combination of undergraduate and graduate students, research associates, and industrial partners.
Lead and coordinate all aspects of in-service testing of vehicle technology development and analysis projects.
Actively collaborate within and outside the SRF by working with SRF academics and partners to develop and write new proposals, and create links with new research and funding partners.
Design practical software and user interface concepts and analysis tools that use algorithms and models developed by SRF researchers. Ensure the SRF's software tools meet their technical specifications, usability and delivery requirements, and development schedules. Supervise the software development team on a day-to-day basis.

The skills, qualifications and experience required to perform this role are:
PhD in Mechanical Engineering with significant relevant experience at the level of Research Associate or equivalent.
Strong theoretical and practical understanding of heavy road vehicle dynamics and technologies, energy consumption and emissions.
Experience in instrumenting and in-service testing of heavy goods vehicles.
Exceptional project management and organisational skills combined with a strong attention to detail.
Experience of drafting and editing funding proposals.
Experience of software product management and software product development.
UK driving license is desirable (to run research tests on the vehicle’s performance).
Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available until 30 April 2023 in the first instance.

To apply online for this vacancy and to view further information about the role, please visit:

Please ensure that you upload your Curriculum Vitae (CV) and a covering letter in the Upload section of the online application. If you upload any additional documents which have not been requested, we will not be able to consider these as part of your application.

If you have any questions about this vacancy or the application process, please contact Prof David Cebon ( for queries of a technical nature related to the role, or Virginia Bath ( for queries related to the application process.

Please quote reference NM24498 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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